When Steve Creigs’ dog died, he was inconsolably sad; life would never be the same without him, and the prospect of having to move on without his partner and friend was almost unbearable.
One day, Steve got into his car, filled with a deep sense of loss, and drove straight to his local rescue center. He agreed to get another dog after giving it some thought. When Steve arrived at the shelter, he made an odd request: he begged them to bring him a dog that no one else wanted.
Staff at the center quickly presented him with Eeyore, a 12-year-old Chihuahua with four bad knees and a heart murmur.
Despite Eeyore’s failing health, Steve was adamant about adoption, and Eeyore quickly became a new member of the family. But Steve wasn’t done yet, and he returned to the shelter with the same request: “give me a dog that no one else wants.”
Steve grew up with a variety of animals and adored them. Steve seems to have inherited his parents’ love of dogs. He continued to rescue animals in need after Eeyore.
The shelter, happy to help, continued introducing Steve to more and more dogs who would eventually join Eeyore in the Creig household.
Amazingly, Steve went on to take in a total of nine unwanted senior pets, as well as a rabbit, chicken, and pig.
When asked why he has a soft spot for senior dogs, Steve says they are “wiser animals.” He says:
“You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These dogs know who they are, and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are. I grew up with a lot of pets. Both my parents were animal lovers, and they pretty much always let me have whatever I wanted as long as I could take care of it.”
But the seniors aren’t the only pets in the Creig household; Steve also has a rabbit, a chicken, and a pig named Bikini, all of whom share their daily lives with his one million+ Instagram followers.
As you can imagine, his daily routine is quite hectic!
A typical day for him consists of waking up at 5 a.m. and preparing breakfast for all of his friends, of which there are ten (dogs), each of whom follows a different diet.
On weekends, he takes the animals to the veterinarian and other appointments.
So although there is a lot that comes with caring for 13 animals (some of whom have serious health issues), Steve clearly has all the experience he requires to care for his large family, dubbed the “Wolfgang.” Steve is an excellent advocate for senior dogs, both in terms of adoption and sharing the message that they need compassion and make excellent companions. People like Steve contribute to a better society.